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San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker wipes his brow between plays against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series, in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tony Parker plans to play in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday that he expected his star point guard to be ready for Thursday's opener against the Miami Heat.

Parker aggravated his left ankle injury Saturday, missing the second half of San Antonio's series-clinching victory over Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals.

Parker didn't practice Tuesday, but says he expects to be back Wednesday.

Parker is averaging a team-leading 17.2 points and 4.9 assists this postseason, but has been bothered by injuries the past two rounds.